E3 Collective

E3 Collective 
E3 Collective
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Dear friends,

This Holy Week, we look to Jesus as the one who comes to save us and to offer healing and freedom to all people. As you face into the darkness of Good Friday and the light of Easter, know that Jesus is present and able to redeem all things for his glory. May you rest in that hope in these dark and uncertain times.

Over the past several weeks, VMMissions has been discerning how to faithfully engage in witness in the world through our E3 Collective program this summer in light of the coronavirus pandemic. To that end, we have consulted partners, mission peers, and our 2020 team leaders in order to make a wise decision about how and when to send teams. Our deliberations have provided clarity that for the safety and well-being of our E3 Collective participants and partners, that we will not send teams overseas before November of 2020. As such, we are rescheduling our May (Nazareth/Bethlehem), June (Jordan medical) and July (Jordan soccer) teams to the spring/summer of 2021. VMMissions and your team leader will be in touch regarding potential reschedule dates in the very near future.

Our E3 Collective to Lesvos, Greece has been tentatively rescheduled for October 31-November 14 of 2020 and we will continue to monitor the situation and will send you updates as warranted.

As per my last email update, for those of you who have raised funds or submitted payment for your trip, we will hold those funds for your rescheduled trip. If you are unable to participate on a team this fall or next summer, we will refund monies to you or your supporters per our policies. I will be in touch with donors individually with instructions on how to receive a refund.

Thanks to you all for your support of VMMissions and our E3 Collective program. We have been encouraged in conversations with our overseas partners in Israel/Palestine, Jordan, and Greece to hear of how they continue in the work of the Kingdom in these times. Please continue to pray for them this summer as your prayerful presence in the Spirit is needed for their encouragement and ours.

In the hope of Christ, the resurrected one!
Martin Rhodes


What is E3 Collective?

E3 Collective is an initiative of VMMissions that invites followers of Jesus to participate in healthy and holistic short-term (a week or more) mission experiences. As the name “collective” suggests, these are team-based experiences.

Collectives focus on being, rather than simply doing, challenging a works-based approach to Christianity and re-orienting us to a gospel-centered, Spirit-empowered way of being and building the body of Christ across the boundaries of geography and culture. Collectives invite persons to embark on an intensive short-term team experience, encourage and be encouraged as the body of Christ in a host setting, and engage more deeply the work of the kingdom for a lifetime. This happens through up-front training; prayer, personal reflection and group processing while on location; and debriefing and sharing with others after you return.

SOE accreditedIn our efforts to build the best program possible, we have joined Standards of Excellence in Short-term Mission. Team leaders and participants, as well as host partners, are equipped and commit to 7 standards:

  • God-centeredness
  • Empowering partnerships
  • Mutual design
  • Comprehensive administration
  • Qualified leadership
  • Appropriate training
  • Thorough follow-through.

(Learn more about these standards on SOE’s website.)

Contact Martin Rhodes, Director
[email protected]
(540) 434-9727 • (800) 707-5535


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